Marcia R. Wise Studio

Artist Statement:

My work is about my passion for painting. It is about the joy of color, color placement, and color relationships. It is about light and light effects, reflection and introspection, forms and patterns, as well as the play of textures.

My inspiration comes from the endless beauty, mystery, and patterns of the natural world, and from meditation. My abstracted landscapes, my more abstract pieces, as well as my more representational work evoke the powerful emotional reactions that aspects of nature stir within me. I offer honest, passionate peeks into my inner relationship with the world.

Artist Biography:

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I began painting lessons as a shy yet spirited child studying in Provincetown, Ma. with Henry Hensche as well as with visiting impressionist painters to his school. I received formal training at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; The Art Institute Boston; and Boston University.  Later I returned to my childhood location in Provincetown to study with Lois Griffel at the Cape Cod School of Art.  Lois had great impact on my work in leading me further with my exploration of color and light.  Others with whom I studied that influenced the development of my work were Wolf Kahn at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Janet Fish in NYC, and Jason Berger at Art Institute of Boston.

Early in my career, I concentrated on murals and trompe l'oeil painting as well as working with teenages creating murals funded by local agencies and grants.  I returned to school to obtain teaching credentials and then worked as an art teacher in public and private education.  I now work full time in my two studios, facilitate painting workshops throughout New England, and take only a few private students. I also take painters to Italy each year on my "Painting In Tuscany" plein air painting trips. My work has been in many group shows, solo shows, juried shows, publications, and I have received awards and commissions. Currently represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, Ma.; Gallery 37 in Milford, De.; and James Gray Gallery in Santa Monica, Ca., I love to travel and have lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Martha's Vineyard, Ma., Cape Cod, Ma., Sarasota, Fl., Los Angeles, Ca., Santa Fe, NM., and Deerfield, Ma. I currently live in Norfolk, Massachusetts with my husband, Ed, where I enjoy a home-based studio. I also have a studio in Boston's SoWa Arts District at 450 Harrison Ave., Studio #403, Boston, Ma.